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• As last newsletter predicted, manufacturing recovery has begun.
• Yet, exports will continue to stay depressed, SMEs will take a while to feel the positive swing.
• Prospects for emerging economies brighten, capital flows in.
• Inflows are notoriously fickle, so watch out for any turnaround if political factors disappoint.
India: Kal, aaj aur kal
The numbers are coming in clearer every month as Indian manufacturing recovers, thanks to strong domestic demand, due in large part to money from the pay commission, NREGS, high support prices for agri products last year etc. The fiscal stimulus began much before the global crisis hit India. We are not in anyway close to double digit growth, but the slump does seem to be over. Meanwhile, the stock market believes that all is well with the world, which isn’t true, of course, and if the election outcome disappoints in a fractured mandate, expect a rude shock once again.